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How UK Power Networks is Levelling Up its workforce and customers

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UK Power Networks has committed to the Levelling Up Goal initiative spearheaded by former Secretary of State for Education, Rt Hon Justine Greening. The organisation wants to be the employer of choice for those interested in electrical engineering, with it hoping that by investing in its employees it will achieve that goal. 

As part of the Levelling Up Goals agenda, UK Power Networks will create an action plan for how it will improve its relationship with both staff and customers. This includes providing additional support for the most vulnerable customers, while enabling employees to continuously boost their skills. 

The organisation will be a key partner for the Levelling Up Goals initiative, as it will be spearheading the country’s green recovery from the Covid-19 agenda. UK Power Networks will be a key employer for those looking to work in electrical engineering and have a physical impact on achieving net zero. It’s currently the only distribution network operator to partner with the country’s largest social mobility plan. 

Andrew Pace, director of HR at UK Power Networks, said, “Levelling Up provides us with a clear benchmark as we look to play our part in the UK’s efforts to tackle social mobility, ensuring everyone has the same access and opportunities in life.

“Our plan will set clear priorities covering key areas, such as recruitment, engagement, safety, diversity and inclusion, customer vulnerability and the energy transition so that we are in a position to confidently continue doing the right thing both by our employees and the communities we serve.”

A long-term campaigner on levelling up, Justine Greening co-founded the Social Mobility Pledge in 2018 to bring businesses and universities together to improve social mobility. The Levelling Up Goals are the first major piece of work launched by the most committed of these organisations, The Purpose Coalition.

Justine Greening commented, “I’m absolutely thrilled to be working with UK Power Networks on measuring its impact against the Levelling Up Goals. A large part of what we do is about sharing best practice and UK Power Networks is already demonstrating this with some of its fantastic work around social mobility and creating equality of opportunity.

“The challenge now is for purpose-led businesses to step up and play their role in boosting opportunity and social mobility as we recover from the pandemic.”

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